I decided to start a blog for any friends and family who are interested in following my journey into the sport of rowing. I’ve found it extremely difficult to keep up with friends and family since moving out to BC and working full-time and rowing in the mornings and evenings. So hopefully this will restore some type of connection with you guys until I resume a more balanced life.
A brief summary to bring you up to date:
I moved out to BC in Nov, 2008 to pursue a job with TD Bank in Victoria. When I got offered the job with TD, I was told there were opportunities in Kelowna and Victoria. I chose Victoria because in the back of mind I knew that the Canadian men’s national rowing team trained there and I wanted to try the sport. After 4 years of playing football at McMaster University I had recurring injuries that limited my ability to pursue contact sports at a high level. I enjoyed the challenges of competing at a high level and turned to rowing as my next pursuit. I met my first coach, Doug White, in Victoria who introduced me to the basics in the winter of 2009. Doug coached me right up until this past Christmas. With his coaching, I was able to do well at the 2010 national championships in the single scull ending up in second place. This earned me a recommendation from Rowing Canada to train on the national team full time. As of January 1, 2011, I joined the Canadian national team training full time. I won a bronze medal the following summer in the men’s 8 at the World Championship in Bled, Slovenia. Now, I’m training hard for the Olympics this summer in London.